Post # 1
This will be my first time posting pictures of my venue. I’m really excited and this is the first and only thing we have so far. Many of you bees already had your weddings or are planning yours and many of you have great ideas. If you would like to share what you would do if you had my venue, please feel free. I absolutely love all ideas that give me things to think about! Like I said in my previous posts, I think we have settled on a movie-themed wedding. Now what to do with all this space is beyond me right now… So overwhelming!
My venue is a 10-bedroom lake house property, as you will see from the huge house. We will be staying there starting the Thursday before my wedding on Saturday. We will leave on Sunday morning.
Below are the pics and a caption before each pic 🙂
This is the front of the property. I won’t really use any of this space because it will most likely become parking for the guests. But I would still love ideas on how to decorate it to show that they are parking in the right place!
Aerial view of the back of the house where everything will take place. We will be by the gazebo when we get married… Reception will be outside too.
Here’s the gazebo close-up:
Here’s the BBQ area that we could use…
The BBQ area is right by the pool:
Here are some pictures of the venue set up for a wedding…
We could do this idea, where the ceremony is closer to the lake and not by the gazebo:
Not sure if I can afford to have the dining under tents though
Our reception will definitely carry over to the evening hours (until 10 pm)
Any thoughts?? Ideas?? Things you think I should be thinking about now early on the planning process?? Any help about any aspect of the planning process now that I have my venue would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Thanks!!
Post # 4
I am surprised that the owners will let you park on the lawn. That lawn could be totally ruined if the grass is wet.
Nevertheless, you can rope off the parking area with plastic tape attached to stakes and provide a sign:
You can even get the tape custom printed if you want.
You have a choice of several beautiful sites for the ceremony. If you do a search here on WeddingBee you will find many ideas to decorate the gazebo.
If you add mini lights to the gazebo, it will be pretty at night and also be a great site for some pics.
The barbecue area would be perfect for dancing. You can have glowing balls in the pool. You can buy them or make your own with a glow stick or Balloominator inserted inside a balloon.
You could also use luminarias to line the sidewalk.
Do lots of research here and on Pinterest. You will have more ideas than you know what to do with.
Post # 5
@julies1949: Again, you are awesome! And yeah, the owners park on the grass too when they’re using the house.. but I guess I should confirm 100% that it’s okay. I hope the grass isn’t wet! I don’t want it to rain! There’s not really much room for a Plan B other than getting tents last minute 🙁
Post # 6
i would look into tents… because you just never know what the weather is going to do and a contigency plan is always good to have.
Post # 7
@vintagefair: Thanks, I definitely will 🙂
Post # 9
Just a word of warning it can be seriously difficult, nerve wracking and expensive to try to rent a tent last minute. The last party I had it looked like a chance of rain so FIVE days before I called around trying to secure a tent. The first three companies no luck (not enough manpower, out of tents, just mad I would expect such miracles}, the fourth company thought they could do it but wouldn’t know for sure until morning of, the fifth company said no problem but since it would mean OT for their crew they wanted almost double $1591 😮 Needless to say for our wedding we will not be using tents! I found a great summer camp and I can ren the whole thing including guest cabins for $500.
As to how to decorate the space I can never top jules but I will second pinterest. Beware though it is addictive!
Post # 10
@secondchances: Thank you for the heads up! I am aware of Pinterest and already have thousands of pins.. haha! It really is addicting! Thanks again!
Post # 11
Beautiful venue and the first poster gave you some really great ideas to start off with. I love the flowy ribbon as ceremony backdrop and am thinking of using that idea. Also, since everything is going to be outside, it’s too risky not to have a backup plan. If tents are out, scope out someplace inside the house where you could host the reception if you needed to. Good luck.
Post # 12
@bridalprincess: Thanks! Tents aren’t really out of the question but I better get to scoping out prices… Planning a wedding is so hard! But so much fun too 😀
Post # 14
If you are concerned about the tents, we talked to our rental place and they said we could hold a tent & cancel by Wednesday of that week. That way we’d at least have some sort of idea of the forecast. I hope that helps!! Lovely location!
Post # 15
@Amayansong: I will look into this!! Thanks so much!!